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Discussion in 'Parallel World (790/890)' started by Jarrett2, Jan 27, 2020.
And after riding the 790 for a bit, how does it compare to the old bike?
The 790 replaces my well-sorted old SXC625.
I wanted something that was a bit more comfortable on the road, long dirt stretches, good fuel range and off-road capable.
The 790 (and the T7) ticked these boxes.
Other than air filter issues, it has proved ideal for my needs.
Bern in the sand and wet slippery tracks (on the karoos) - lovin the selectable ride modes off-road and is an awesome machine on-road.
Will hit the rocky hills when bushfires are out to see if i can manage the extra weight.
Not a replacement but an addition to the family for me. Pairs nicely with a 2017 KTM 1290 GT. It's been my intro to offroad riding and I've really enjoyed it. Does fine on road as I head to the trails. Works a treat on the dirt once you get there. Love this combo of bikes.
Replaced my KTM 1290 SAR. 790r is lighter and more agile with better suspension and longer fuel range. What's not to like. Don't miss the 1290 one bit. If the 790 would have been an option when I bought the 1290 I would never have bought the 1290. The 1290 was great but just too heavy. The 790r has exceeded my expectations both on the highway and off road.
Replaced my lightly adventurized 690 enduro.
Better long distance range, comfort and power. Better natural balance and more predictable in the rough. Heavier? Yep. But manageable.
I replaced a 2018 Triumph Street Triple RS. I just wasn't enjoying riding like that on the street anymore. Not because I'm super fast or anything, just always wondering about getting a ticket doing the thing that I enjoyed most - going fast around corners.
1200GS - I lean much more to off-road now days and for the truly technical trips I have a 500EXC, but the 790 gives me a much better bike for the longer less technical, but still gnarlly, stuff and also it fully capable for playing on pavement.
Replaced my virginity...
(on plated bikes)
Was only doing MX a few hundred years ago.
When it arrives at the dealer, it will replace my sold 690. It will slot in amongst the bikes listed in my signature.
Sorta replacing a well sorted 640Adv which will soon go to a good home... Plus I don’t have any more fillings or ‘roids’ to shake loose!
And the 790 will never, ever replace my 950Adv... 790 is another arrow in the quill, for dedicated purpose / use, would love its quick shifter on the Brutale 750!
Really looking forward to running this 790R (or the new 790RR) over in WA on the KTM Rally later in the year.
The sweep rider and I will be best buddies
It replaced my Street Triple R 2010 which I had from new...
Yes this is my first experience off-road.
Replaced my ‘18 690 Enduro R, which in turn replaced a BMW G650 Xchallenge.
That's a big switch!
Cool to see it replacing 690's for others.
I'm right on the edge of doing this. Have buyer for my 1290, but I'm terrified im gonna miss the stupid power.
How is the 790 for those times when you just want to explore and not ride like your hair is on fire or really push it offroad?
My 2003 drz 400s which I sold to my oldest boy. Miss that Baja designs pro front headlight.
Replaced a 1090, which replaced a Scrambler 1200XE. Both are currently in the flea market, links below.
The 790R rides much smaller than both, seems just as fast. 1090 is smoother. Both the 1090 and 1200XE have better brakes. I'm 6'4 nearly 300. The 1200XE was cramped for me, the 1090 and the 790R fits 'just right. '
Replaced my BMW 1200GS. The GS felt refined and comfortable (in both a literal and figurative way) and was great on-road and off-road. The 790 feels more “raw” (in a good, slightly “hooligan” sort of way). It’s smaller, lighter, and more fun to ride on and off road. And I get that goofy grin on my face every time I pull it out of the garage.
I'm only 700ish miles in, but have found it great for exploring. I don't light my hair on fire or push, typically riding alone in a slow, plodding, somewhat methodical manner.
Everyone once in a while I miss my 2017 1290SAR, but other than the stupid power, and long haul comfort, I think the 790R checks a lot of the same boxes in a much more manageable package. The nice thing about the KTM rush that starts about 6500 on the 790R is that you aren't doing triple digits shifting from second to third. In a state where most of the roads I ride on have 55MPH limits that's a good thing.
Thanks. The chances of actually getting caught for breaking the law where I am are almost negligible....So I do end up riding the 1290 like it was made to be ridden haha But I am pushing my luck now and then.
Ive only seen 200km/h once on the road and run into the 210km/h limiter at a track day. And I guess the 790 is still capable of those speeds if you really want them.
I think I'm going to do it. Will need to get a centre stand though haha.
Depending on how you like to ride, you may miss the bottom end torque of the 1290 more than anything. The 790R is the only bike I've had in recent years that didn't have oodles of torque off idle, so that was a bit of adjustment.